The inhabitants of the Vaudois municipality of Bussy-sur-Moudon were surprised by an entirely unwanted pre-Christmas present in mid-December 2019. The village’s large hall was destroyed by fire, suddenly depriving the community of its meeting and event venue. Accordingly, the administration quickly launched the planning and construction of a new building to “create space” to the community life again. It is a pleasure for emixi architectes and Lüchinger+Meyer to support this urgent request as responsible planners. Their new community hall is based on the floor plan of the old building. However, while the old building protruded into the sky, those responsible decided to extend and partially recess the new replacement building.
The spacious basement, built as a solid structure, houses the municipal administration, a garage and technical rooms. The new hall, with its sculpturally shaped ceiling, offers around 200 seats and a generous amount of space for the current 237 residents of the municipality.
A central island with sanitary facilities and kitchen separates the entrance hall from the main volume. The single-story hall building was constructed as a timber frame structure, whose transparent facades allow visual connections between the village center and the landscape. Glulam girders with spans of 11 m form the main elements of the roof structure. They are supported on both sides in the facade plane on duo solid wood posts. The wooden structure is braced by diagonal braces in the roof plane and (visibly) in the facade planes.
We wish the inhabitants of Bussy-sur-Moudon many carefree celebrations and constructive debates in the promising lightweight construction!
Photos: Karina Castro Studio (final), emixi architectes (construction)